30 April 2016

Went to Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

Today we went to the zoo and we applied for the Friends of Wildlife membership, one person $119 for a total of $238, baby no need to pay since she is under 3 years old. By the way can apply onsite, can get the membership card immediately, can pay by credit card.

I think the membership is very worth it, it grants unlimited entry to the 4 parks (zoo, river and night safari, and bird park) for one year, and it also entitles us to 10% discount at most of the shops, so far only one that we visited didn't have discount, it was the one in Night Safari where we bought our shot glasses.

This is what I spent today, excluding taxi fares to and fro and the membership application fees:

ItemOriginal Price10% discountPaid
Ice kachang$6.50Yes$5.85
Sour candy$3.80No$3.80
Shot glass 1$8.50No$8.50
Shot glass 2$7.90No$7.90
Gelato 3 scoups$13.90Yes$12.51
Safari sling$6.90Yes$6.21
Nasi lemak$9.90Yes
Oreo wafer$3.80Yes
Fanta grape slush$7.90Yes
Chimpanzee plush toy$24.90Yes
Husky plush toy$18.90Yes

The things inside were very expensive, it's a tourist trap so it's not surprising, but it's even more expensive than Sentosa, one bottle of 500ml Coke is $4.50, Sentosa is $3.50, but at least Sentosa have 7/11 and other alternatives, there's no alternative at Zoo or Safari, it's all their shops so they sell it at their price. And one bottle of 330ml Tiger beer is $13.50, even more expensive than drinking at pub.

If you are a smoker, note that their parks are smoke-free, but if you want to smoke you can smoke at designated areas right outside the park (one outside zoo, another at night safari), they have put up signs so it's easy to spot. By the way their convenience store don't sell tobacco so better bring enough.

There is also a POSB ATM right outside the entrance of Zoo, just beside their convenience store.

But overall not bad, enjoyable experience, will definitely go back, but noted two episodes of rudeness from their staff.

First was a tram girl, we happily tried to board the tram thinking membership entitled us to free tram rides, not realizing that it doesn't apply during weekends, the tram girl snapped at us in a rude tone saying "today weekend right", right our fault that we didn't see the finer print but no need to talk like that.

Another is a girl at the Night Safari bar, I took out the wrong membership card, took out my Sakae card instead lol, she just rudely asked me how I want to pay, I said Mastercard, don't know why she was so unhappy, because I took out the wrong card or because I took out my Mastercard or because I took out both, what the hell, she was supposed to scan my membership card and then my Mastercard right, so what's the problem.

Today Menses day or what, how come their girls so irritated, other than that the rest of their staff were very helpful and polite, one uncle even came forward and gave us directions because he thought we were lost, even though we didn't really need his help but we appreciate it.

Well enough of the negativity, here are some photos I took, I also made a video, it's my first attempt at making one lol.

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